Obsessions are recurring ideas, thoughts, images, or impulses that seem senseless but continue to intrude into a person’s mind, such as images of violent acts against others, fears of leaving the lights on, or leaving doors unlocked. Clients recognize these thoughts and fears are irrational and try to suppress them, but without success.
Compulsions are behaviors or rituals that people perform in hopes of dispelling the anxiety brought on by obsessions.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is often accompanied by depression as unhealthy obsessions tend to come and go with depression. Many cases are reported to have begun in adolescence and young adulthood, but about half begin in childhood. The causes are unclear, but some evidence suggests a deficiency in the neurotransmitters known as serotonin. Many sufferers have seen improvement when taking prescription medications to balance serotonin levels. Other useful treatment strategies include behavioral modification strategies.
Many OCD clients do not take prescription medications, making OCD a difficult problem to treat. Therapists at SRCC work from a fully integrated, holistic model of care. Working as a team of providers on a client’s behalf, we have seen OCD clients achieve successful outcomes and look forward to serving those needs in the most up to date and informed ways.